The 2018 F1 season in 21 headlines
The 2018 Formula 1 season was eventful on a lot of fronts. 5 drivers took wins, the lead changed hands multiple times, the transfer market went crazy, top 3 teams got genuinely close by the end of the year, the midfield was tighter than ever. Plenty of crashes and a whole lot of heart burns were accompanied by stellar drives and amazing comebacks.
Here's a quick look back at the 21 races of the season:
1. Australia: Ferrari draw first blood, despite Mercedes in party mode
Lewis Hamilton pulled off a stellar pole lap that happened courtesy of 'party mode' of the Mercedes engine. On race day, however, Ferrari sneaked a win as Mercedes miscalculated the Virtual Safety Car period.
2. Bahrain: Desert heat makes the Silver Arrows sweat
Vettel showed blinding pace and had a perfect score of 50 after 2 races. Ferrari made a statement of intent with a thoroughly dominating performance in the night heat amidst the sand dunes of Bahrain, setting up a proper fight for 2018.
3. China: Lick the stamp and send it
Red Bull were braver in their strategic calls, pitting for fresh tires at the safety car on lap 30 after the Toro Rossos collided. Ricciardo pulled off a brave attempt, overtaking manoeuvres to seal a memorable win and a quote for the ages.
4. Baku: Raging bulls and the luckless Finn
Valtteri Bottas's cruel luck started in Azerbaijan and for the whole season he continued to be a victim of circumstances. The Red Bulls meanwhile self-destructed with a double DNF to hand an unexpected win to Hamilton.
5. Spain: Lewis and Mercedes find their mojo
Hamilton took a pole-to-flag win, having been a long way ahead of anyone during the entire race, and leading home the first 1-2 of the season for Mercedes and extending his driver's championship lead to 17 points.
6. Monaco: Sweet redemption for the Honey Badger
After being robbed of a win in 2016, redemption came to Daniel Ricciardo. It was not as easy though, as after starting from pole he lost the MGU-K power. Yet he nursed the wounded, under-powered car for 60 laps to take a brilliant victory.
7. Canada: Ferrari punches back with a Montreal win after 14 years
While it was an uneventful race, Ferrari's credentials got further boost and Sebastian Vettel led Lewis Hamilton 121-120 in the championship after trailing for a few rounds.